Well that didn’t last long. On “Game of Thrones” Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and her little sister Arya (Maisie Williams) had been separated from each other since the first season of the series, and they finally had a long-awaited reunion in the season-seven episode “The Spoils of War.” They were overjoyed to see each other, but that gave way to distrust much quicker than I would have expected, and plays right into the hands of opportunistic Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), whom both Stark sisters know better than to trust, but who is nevertheless succeeding in manipulating them against each other. Whose side would you take in the rivalry?
Arya has learned to be cynical. While training to become a secret assassin as one of the Faceless Men of Braavos, she has come across her share of betrayal and dealt out her share of payback. But when you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail, so she has been too quick to assume the worst of Sansa. She remembers that when they were younger Sansa dreamed of being royal and senses, perhaps rightly, that Sansa is ambitious. But upon finding an incriminating message Sansa wrote while a prisoner of the Lannisters in King’s Landing — a message Littlefinger sneakily led her to — Arya rushes to judgment, thinking that Sansa will usurp their brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as the ruler of the North at a moment’s notice. She even threatened Sansa outright after Sansa snooped and found Arya’s assassin disguises.
Sansa makes a good point to Arya when she explains that warring Stark sisters only helps Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) hold on to power. But then why does Sansa seek the counsel of Littlefinger in trying to decide how to deal with her suspicious sister? And why in the Seven Kingdoms would she send away Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), the most unequivocally honorable person at Winterfell and whose oath to the Stark family makes her uniquely equipped to maintain peace between the sisters and sniff out the rat in their midst?
To be fair to both Arya and Sansa, they’re fairly isolated from the world at Winterfell, so it’s easy for mutual paranoia to set in. It might help if Jon, the King of the North, sent a raven back home every once in a while to give them a status report: “Dearest sisters, Making a quick stop beyond the wall to kidnap a zombie and negotiate an alliance with our sworn enemies. Also I pet a dragon. Wish you were here!”
Which Stark sister are you siding with? Vote in our poll below to let us know, and find out if the conflict comes to a head in the season finale episode on August 27.